New Nursing Home Rating System Challenges Nursing Homes To Raise Quality Of Care

New criteria for a nursing home 5-star rating system brings lower scores for one state.  Ratings at the one-star level roes from 6% of facilities to 22% of facilities. Average ratings dropped from 3.3 to 2.8 stars.  Ratings are based on annual inspections, levels of staffing and quality of care, based on patient health and well-being.

The executive director for the Long-Term Care Coalition says ratings are more accurate now, making a 4-5 star rating much more challenging to obtain.  “In the past, it was too easy to get four or five stars,” he said. “It’s still easier than it should be, but definitely better.”  For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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